There’s just one word for Sam Ross-prodigy. Ross started off at a vulnerable age of 15 in a café. While he worked the coffee machine day in, day out, he slowly fell in love with the antics of mixing a cocktail. The ever-smiling boy with an unmatched love for hustling bars counters grew up into a dashing man with charming eyes. But, what sets him apart is his undying passion for cocktails. No wonder he came up with a unique one, a cocktail that’s easy to mix and easier to remember, courtesy its unmistakable taste and robust flavours.
As if paying a tribute to the carefree days of a childhood long gone, Sam name his signature cocktail Paper plane. Wait, wondering who Sam Ross is? Why, he’s the barman extraordinaire behind The Penicillin, the shining star of New York’s Milk & Honey.
Inspired by the complex herbal drink The Last Word, Sam’s Paper Plane is deceptively simple yet extremely endearing a drink. One of those that stays with you long after the party has ended, the light dimmed, and the room emptied. Here’s a drink that can give you company on days both hot and cold. And, here’s how you can
Mix your own Paper Plane…
The recipe calls for bourbon. You can take your pick, but just for the sake of the perfect drink, go the Smooth Ambler. This fine blend from Pernod Ricard with its fruity palate and subtle caramel aftertaste work like magic with zesty Aperol and the spiced Amar Nonino.
To make the Paper Plane, take equal quantities of your favourite bourbon, Aperol, Amar Nonino and freshly-squeezed lime juice in a chilled cocktail shaker. Shake well till blended. Strain into a chilled gimlet and decorate with a twist of lemon peel. Enjoy!
Named after folk hero Rob Roy Macgregor, the Rob Roy has quite an interesting background. The drink made its first appearance in 1894 in Manhattan’s Waldorf Astoria. Many would argue that the name was borrowed from a hit play, ‘Rob Roy’ hosted by the Herald Square, located close to the original Waldorf. The operetta possibly intended to make connections with the bar by lending the name.
When you come across a recipe which has chocolate in it and ice cream too, you stop. You simply can’t scroll down without reading it. Then there are recipes which not only has both but whisky too. These are the ones you know you will bookmark and definitely make.
There’s nothing more sophisticated than sipping on a glass of a classic Brown Derby cocktail. Invented at the Vendôme bar in Hollywood in 1930, this smooth blend was named after the iconic chain of restaurants in 20th century Los Angeles. These were widely popular back in the day, and stood out for their distinctive ‘derby hat’ shape.